July 16, 2012

Vacation! (Part 1)

Oh my goodness!  We are back from what can only be described as the best family vacation ever.  I know that I say that every time we go on a trip, but I really do mean it! (With the exception of the first vacation we took when Miles got home- that one was AWFUL!)  I know that I also say every time how grateful I am that my husband's company gives him the opportunity to earn these trips- and I truly mean that, too!  Without those travel incentives, we wouldn't be able to go to most of the incredible places that we get to travel to.

We spent last week at the Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  It was the trip that almost didn't happen since Miles' passport didn't arrive until 36 hours before we boarded the plane.  If you've never fought with immigration and the passport office for months on end, I'll just tell you that it's not fun!  It was a two month ordeal that required us getting two attorneys involved, but by golly, we finally got our little man a passport.  It says that he's only 2 years old (instead of 4) but it got him in and out of the country just fine, so what's a difference of half a lifetime?

We've been in a really busy season of life lately.  Our house is on the market (and all that that entails), we got our final approval from the state and our home is now officially open for fostering (even though we've yet to get a call) and strep throat and sleepless nights for the kids have been rampant.  So we were desperately looking forward to some down time in Mexico. I just can't even describe how wonderful it was. (I even went the whole week unplugged except for checking email twice and it was amazingly freeing to not be connected.  And surprisingly, I didn't die from technology withdrawals.)  The kids were on their best behavior, we traveled with lots of friends from my husband's company so there were lots of people to play with, and the weather was gorgeous!  Mostly, we did a lot of laying around by the pool sipping cocktails for the grown ups and Shirley Temples for the littles.  We ate our weight in guacamole and gelato.   We stayed out late at the karaoke bar every night and slept in and had breakfast on the balcony in the mornings.  The older these kiddos get, the more awesome they are at traveling.  They were absolutely made for vacations- and we love sharing in these life experiences together.  I find that there are few things that can connect a family together and get everyone back on the same page than a great family vacation.

Here's a little glimpse into our week...

The fam all posey-posey on the beach

Chillin' at the pool...

The view from our room

Cereal and waffles taste so much better when they are delivered to your room and you get to eat it on the balcony. 

Chips in bed?  Why not?  It's vacation.

Kamron took a day trip to visit the ruins at Chichen Itza.  How cute is he?

The Terry children rocked some karaoke.  Sadie and Noah did Katy Perry's Firework and Kamron and Miles did a very spirited rendition of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand".  Miles can't sing his ABC's or a single nursery rhyme, but he has the entire current top 40 and the Beatles catalog down pat.

And somehow this is how karaoke ended.  All that singing must have been taxing.

The beach was amazing!

Stay tuned for part two!

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